Trilateral talks Ukraine-Russia-OSCE may be held in Minsk

The trilateral contact group on situation in Donbas may resume its work in Minsk, Irina Herashchenko, a represenrative of Ukraine’s President Petro Poroshenko, said on Tuesday.

In accordance with the presidential decision to stop the ceasefire in Donbas, Ukrainian militants’ actions will be directed at discovering and neutralising terrorists, guotes her as saying. At that, civilians’ security should be ensured, the presidential representative added.

“As you know, a decision on the so called trilateral group’s work resuming has been taken; it cannot be ruled out that another session will not be held in the east of Ukraine, but in another capital, maybe in Minsk. Such an opportunity is being dscussed,” Ms Gerashchenko said.

Leonid Kuchma, Ukraine’s first President, is expected to represent Ukraine in the talks, the official stressed.

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko said on Tuesday government forces would renew offensive operations against rebels and “free our lands”, hours after a ceasefire to allow for peace talks with the pro-Russian separatists had expired. As 27 Ukrainian soldiers were killed within 10 days, the Ukrainian leader took a decision to drop the peace plan.

As it was reported earlier, Belarusian President Aliaksandr Lukashenka repeatedly stressed that he would not agree to take the role of intermediary between Kyiv and Moscow. ‘Mediation is excluded, I hate mediation,’ he noted on May, 15.

The Belarusian Embassy in Kyiv is not aware of any plans to hold the next meeting of the trilateral contact group on the situation in eastern Ukraine in Minsk, says.

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